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Clemente killed in plane crash

Updated: November 12, 2001, 4:42 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Dec. 31, 1972

Roberto Clemente, four-time National League batting champion with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the player with perhaps the strongest arm in the game, dies in the crash of a cargo plane carrying relief supplies to the victims of the earthquake in Managua.

The four-engine DC-7, which has five people on board, crashes in heavy seas a mile and a half from shore moments after takeoff from San Juan International Airport. Clemente was the leader of Puerto Rican efforts ...

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